Co-ops maintain milk price despite market pressures

Milk prices paid by the major co-ops for October are unchanged, despite the Ornua Purchase Price Index (PPI) falling from 110.4 to 106.5.

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UFO off Irish coast 'was no alien invasion, only a flying farmer'

The UFO incident over the southwest coast of Ireland on Friday, I’m embarrassed to reveal, was most likely caused by myself, writes Denis Lehane.

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About half a million live with high radon levels

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

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No need for farm families to postpone nursing home decisions

Legislation to end the risk of farm or business assets being decimated by nursing home changes is official Government policy, and it will be backdated when it is ...

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Save fuel and John Deere will pay under new scheme

John Deere has announced the company’s Fuel Guarantee Programme will apply to field as well as road work.

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Compulsory purchase order for common good but poses difficulty for farms

A compulsory purchase order (CPO) is the name of a notice received by a landowner stating that their land or property is going to be compulsorily purchased by a ...

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You miss out on cash if cows are dry too long

Spring calvers around the country are fast approaching their dry period.

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73-acre farm for sale near Junction 16 on the M8

Situated in the townland of Curraghteemore, just beside the M8 Dublin-Cork motorway and only 3km from the village of Rathcormac, a 73-acre grass farm has recently ...

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Auction of 89-acre Thurles tillage farm one to watch

Cashel Mart’s new trend of a series of auctions has had some mixed success in its first week.

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Indoor rules: good calf start is half the battle and you need good facilities

I suppose it was bound to happen! We are all running out of grass.

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Cormac MacConnell: The expensive search for mermaids’ purses

I have to issue a health and safety warning to all of you before proceeding any further today, says Cormac MacConnell.

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The origin is green — China is now Ireland’s second most important market for dairy exports

Any doubts that Ireland is well placed to help feed Asia were dispelled last week when Wyeth Nutrition (China) signed a memorandum of understanding with representatives ...

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10-acre equestrian farm in North Cork up for sale

A very interesting opportunity for anyone thinking of a future in the equine sector is for sale with Dick Pomeroy & Co Auctioneers in Millstreet.

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Organic farming: Fresh ideas in a green market

Oliver Moore chats to Kenneth Keavey, who runs the fresh farm and vegetable box delivery business

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Comment: Time for farmers to circle the wagons as CAP fears mount

MEP Mairead McGuiness said individual farmers lack power, but farmers working collectively have power to influence, and they provide support to each other by being ...

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Elimination shellfish farm licensing backlog to be a ‘game changer’

Elimination of a shellfish farm licensing backlog in 2019 will be a game changer and will provide a solid footing for the industry, according to Agriculture Minister ...

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Low-intensity shockwave launched to treat mastitis in dairy cows

The search for alternatives to veterinary antibiotics in treating mastitis in dairy cows continues, and perhaps one of the most unconventional solutions is low-intensity ...

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13 more pilot digital initiatives announced

Precision farming is one of the areas to benefit from the Digital Innovation Programme, which has announced funding of €6,000 towards design of a precision ...

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Auditors’ setback for Hogan CAP plan

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has picked a number of holes in the Common Agricultural Policy reform proposals advanced by Commissioner for Agriculture and ...

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EU milk price rise slows down

European milk prices increased for the fifth consecutive month in September, but the increase has begun to level off, according to the monitoring by the Dutch LTO ...

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1,100/month use COW service from Herdplus

More than 1,100 herdowners used ICBF’s COW (Cow’s Own Worth) service in September, the latest month for which statistics are available.

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Farms causing climate change doesn’t add up

Climate change has been in the news headlines much of late, and farming is taking a beating from many angles, with the finger being pointed at farmers for not doing ...

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€1.25m for 61 acres with quarrying

Located just 3km from Castleisland in North Kerry and listed jointly with Killarney-based auctioneer Tom Spillane and Mike O’Sullivan of Tralee-based agents ...

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The rural organisation that gets up to 120,000 online hits per post

As the world moves more and more towards online communication, Macra makes big digital strides ahead

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Biosecurity only way to stop ASF

There is no treatment or vaccine for African swine fever (ASF), the only way to keep the virus out of your herd is with strict biosecurity measures, especially external ...

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Legal tips for buying property from a receiver

Receivers are appointed by a bank, pursuant to a bank’s mortgage over a property.

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Asia trade boost for Irish food exports

An estimated €110m annual boost for the Irish dairy industry was welcomed this week in the form of the Memorandum of Understanding with Wyeth China signed by ...

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Comment: How the new presidente of Brazil can help EU farmers

The treaty talks between the EU and Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) were already at a standstill, with agricultural quotas among the main stumbling ...

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Science helps Ireland meet greenhouse gas goals

Informed science-based decisions on cattle breeding and fertiliser choices can help Irish agriculture meet its environmental targets, said Minister for Agriculture ...

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Q&A: Brexit loans to keep food exporters on right track

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, has said the Brexit loan scheme launched last March is working, and people are applying for the ...

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Public meetings begin for River Basin Management Plan for Ireland

Public meetings have started in priority areas for action in the River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) for Ireland 2018–2021.

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Farm View: North, South share interest in retaining agri-food relations

British and Irish authorities are both working towards their shared interest in limiting Brexit-related damage to the North-South trade of agricultural goods.

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Farm Money Advice: Revenue details on VAT relief for farm investments

Revenue have issued notification that their VAT58 procedure is now going online effective from January 1, 2019.

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East Cork holding seeks €8-€10,000/acre

The property is located in the townland of Ballycroneen — just 14km from the market town of Midleton and 7km from the famous village of Cloyne.

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Curlew task force is on a mission to restore threatened wader bird

Amy Lewis Drainage, farm intensification, upland burning, land abandonment, afforestation have decimated curlews

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Top tips when buying farmland for the first time

Auctions can be a very efficient way of purchasing property for farmland

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32,990 acres of farmland sold in Ireland in 2017

In 2017, a total of 32,990 acres of farmland sold in Ireland, for €161.1m, according to the Central Statistics Office.

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Better milk from our 96% grass fed Irish cows

Only 10% of global milk production originates from grazing-based systems.

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Comment: Unfortunate that UTP proposal and Brexit coincide

The enormity of the challenge taken on by EU agriculture and rural development commissioner Phil Hogan, to help farmers and others by ending unfair trading practices ...

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Medicine records scanner wins innovation award at National Dairy Show

Herdwatch was the big winners in the 2018 version of the National Dairy Innovation Awards, which were sponsored by Carbery Group.

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Limerick hurlers win the National Dairy Show supreme championship

Attendance estimated at over 4,500 at Millstreet showcase of Ireland’s pedigree dairy breeding and trade exhibition

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Budget small print revealed in Finance Bill

The Finance Bill was published last week.

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More Cashel Marts auction excitement ahead

Cashel Marts in South Tipperary presided over some of the best sales in Munster this year, including 75 acres at Thurlesbeg, Cashel, auctioned for nearly €21,000/acre, ...

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End of an era as the doors close at Dairygold Co-op’s Muskerry branch

In October 2017, Dairygold Co-Op announced a store investment plan for a modern retail business.

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Reference costs changed for 32 items in TAMS II

The rate for direct work carried out by farmers themselves will increase from €12.40 per hour to €13.50 per hour, an increase of €1.10, writes Stephen ...

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Farmers send 4,253 tyres for recycling

Farmers recycled the equivalent of half a million car tyres over the last month, through a €700,000 government-funded initiative.

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Slow uptake of €300m Brexit loans

Only €8.5m of a €300m Brexit loan scheme launched last March has been sanctioned.

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Impact of planning law on farmers

When people consider planning laws and planning permission, they normally associate it with building residential houses and commercial buildings.

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